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.s. officials cannot have liked the message they heard from afghanistan's president today. hamid c hamid karzai warned u.s. troops may be needed for at least ten years to help train afghan forces. tom aspell is in london for us this morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. representatives from more than 60 countries gathered here in london seeking to buy off taliban fighters from a $500 million fund. it's hoped at least 12,000 lower-level taliban can be persuaded to abandon the insurgency and accept payment to defend their villages while western military forces go after hard-core taliban fighters. at the same time the west will effort training and equipping half g afghan aftermys to take over security duties after 2011. hamid karzai says he sees afghan forces being deployed for another decade. he says he hopes the government can establish control over the country's 34 provinces by 2015. karzai hopes to convene a meeting of afghan elders to discuss his proposals to reach out to taliban leaders, but the united states says it doesn't see any talks taking place with any top taliban leadership
this week. and karzai raised some eyebrows, it seems, by suggesting reconciliation with taliban leadership. this is by people on the ground, low-level folks, the u.s. working a way to work with those kind of taliban. but in terms of the leadership, does karzai have any international support for this concept? >> absolutely. i don't know, i mean, certainly as far as we're concerned, we weren't raising our eyebrows. that's what we were expecting to hear. because if you want to win against an insurgency, you've got to have strong military force, you've got to put pressure on the insurgents. but ultimately, this is going to be won by political means. you've got to divide the opposition and pull across as many people as possible. and that's going to happen bottom up with the low-level fighters and the middle level fighters and the tribal leaders. >> is that realistic, to think that taliban leaders want a political solution? i mean, do you make that distinguish -- i know the taliban does not equal al qaeda, but is it realistic? >> not for every single one. i think in any insurgency, in any confli
the delegation. we rallied the world behind the administration's new strategy. since then, karzai has been re-elected, a messy election, but it's done. president obama's announced the 30,000 troops you just referred to. and it's a very good time to bring the world back together to reaffirm its support and to move to the next stage, because we're now -- 2010 is going to be a year of heavy implementation. >> is about getting money from these -- >> no, this is not a pledging conference. enough of those for the time being. countries are coming through, the japanese have just quadrupled their aid. we're going to increase our assistance in many ways, but this is about policy. >> now, let's go to afghanistan's attempts to try to get the taliban, at least not the leaders of the taliban, but sort of the rank and file of the taliban reintegrated in some form in the government. is this possible -- we see that every attempt, it feels like one step forward, three steps back at this point. >> let's not confuse two things. reintegration and reconciliation. i know these are complicated words, but reconciliat
. those cables show ambassador karl eikenberry was even more worried than previously thought about karzai's leadership. he wrote, "sending additional forces will delay the day when afghans take over and make it difficult if not impossible to bring our people home on a reasonable timetable." >> and white house chief of staff rahm emanuel is under fire on the front page of t"the wall street journal". the paper writes that the president's liberal backers are blaming the chief of staff from a long list of grievances from gitmo to health care. they're directing their anger less at president obama than at rahm emanuel. he says he's the obstacle to the changes they thought mr. obama's election would make. and look at this full page ad moveon is running in "usa today." if people read newspapers in their hard copy form, this might be effective. i don't know if the white house even gets hard copies of newspapers anymore. still, it shows you where this is going. >> they had some problems. we'll move on -- we should mention before we finish here that first read, you've got to check it out. we update
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